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Multiple Sites with multiple SSID's: Can we combine SSID's?

We have a three campus network.  We have Master controllers at each.  the setup is like this

Site1: SSID1

Site2: SSID2

Site3: SSID3

 

My Question is it acceptable practice to do the following

Site1: SSID_NEW

Site2: SSID_NEW

Site3: SSID_NEW

 

Thanks!

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Re: Multiple Sites with multiple SSID's: Can we combine SSID's?

That is a very good idea.


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Re: Multiple Sites with multiple SSID's: Can we combine SSID's?

Is there any best practice documentation anywhere that I can point to?  I am going to have to convice some people that this is worthwhile.

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Re: Multiple Sites with multiple SSID's: Can we combine SSID's?

The most visibile worthwhile thing is that people who go among campuses do not have to maintain 3 different profiles.  There is no documentation about that, because, well, it would make things easier for regular users.


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Re: Multiple Sites with multiple SSID's: Can we combine SSID's?

Was there a reason that it was setup that way in the beginning? There may have been a business requirement that it was setup that way in the first place.

 

If it was only purely to identify the users by what campus they were on then there a deffinately better ways to do that.

 

It will certainly as Colin outlined be much simpler for users if they only have a single profile as they move about different campuses.

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Re: Multiple Sites with multiple SSID's: Can we combine SSID's?

something else you may want to consider (if you haven't allready) is to deply something like Aruba ClearPass for network access control.

 

collapsing multiple networks can be made all the easier when you have the ability to provide role based access through ClearPass (i.e. providing policy based on device trype, authentication type, authentication locaiton, etc.)

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Re: Multiple Sites with multiple SSID's: Can we combine SSID's?

Yo stephencm@cos.edu :-) Great question you have here and everything everyone has replied with is correct.

I have a few more questions:

  • Are all sites are the same routable network? 
  • Do you guys currently have AirWave? This would make it easier to monitor the multiple sites. 
  • Also, depending on your current controller models, you could migrate to the new 8.0 code and manage the three sites together using the new 8.0 Mobility master architecture. This would drastically ease the management and configuration change process of the three sites.
Sean Rynearson
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Re: Multiple Sites with multiple SSID's: Can we combine SSID's?

Thanks for the replys all!

The orginal reason for the separation was partially for lack of understanding, and that is what the vendor recommended.

 

All of the sites are connected by 1GB wan links.  

 

We do have airwave and would like to utilize it more.

 

I like the idea of moving to version 8.0, but I think that we have some older AP's that will need to be replaced first.

 

 

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